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Treating Warts with Aloe VeraDescription: Warts are small lumps that often develop singly, or in clusters, on the skin of the hands and feet. Most people will have warts at some point in their life. They tend to affect children and teenagers more than adults. Warts are non-cancerous, but can resemble certain cancers and therefore may cause unnecessary concern.
Warts are caused by an infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus causes an excess amount of keratin, a hard protein, to develop in the top skin layer (epidermis). The extra keratin produces the rough, hard texture of a wart. Some are more likely to affect particular areas of the body. For example, verrucas are warts that usually develop on the soles of the feet.
Warts aren't considered very contagious, but they can be caught by close skin-to-skin contact and may take weeks or even months to appear. The infection can also be transmitted indirectly from contaminated objects or surfaces, such as swimming pool showers and changing rooms.
Warts usually go away on their own but may take months or even years to disappear. A number of types exist, including "common warts", plantar warts, "filiform warts", and genital warts. Genital warts are often sexually transmitted. A number of treatments exist that may speed resolution. Most include salicylic acid a known ingredient of aloe Vera gel.
What can I do about warts?
If you want to treat your condition naturally, or in conjunction with a conventional treatment, you might like to try using our Aloe Vera gel. The gel contains dozens of different nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols and salicylic acid. Often these are the very constituents found in your medication.
How do I use my gel when it arrives?
Take a frozen cube of your gel and allow it to dissolve and warm to room temperature. Use this time to clean around your wart and hands with an anti-bacterial tissue. Dry thoroughly.
Apply your gel to the wart/s, rubbing it in and making sure you get right into the cracked areas of skin, or if the wart is raised, around the sides. Allow to dry in situ. This will only take a minute or so because the gel will oxidize and set. Reapply often during the day, making sure to use a clean cotton pad to apply the gel each time and disgard after a single use, to prevent reinfection or contamination of your gel and the other areas of your skin.
Warts are a viral infection, but breaks in the skin are common when a wart is very irritating and scratching can break the skin allowing bacteria to begin a secondary infection. Aloe vera is beneficial against both bacterial and viral infections. It also soothes the affected area and has a cooling effect on the skin which will help reduce further itching, redness, inflammation, and discomfort.
Special note: You do not need to use a new cube of gel each time. As long as you haven't contaminated it by dipping a used pad into it, you can use it up until it is all gone. Even with repeated applications, one cube should last two or three days if you keep what remains in the fridge. This extends the life of your gel to many months making it really good value for money.
What do I do when my leaves arrive? Just follow these simple instructions.
Please contact me when your condition improves. I really love to hear your stories.
Disclaimer: Aloe Vera is known to be a wonderful cure-all around the world and back again. But it is always best to keep an open mind on both sides of the orthodox and natural remedies debate, and cherry pick the best solution on a condition by condition basis. Natural remedies alone may not always help to cure your condition, especially if there are contributory factors. If the condition worsens or takes longer than anticipated to recover, you are advised to contact your doctor. Normally, your aloe may be used along with any conventional medical treatment offered.
REFERENCES: Evidence studies and research papers.
Here is the evidence that I have found to support the use of Aloe Vera gel in your recovery.
Study 1: Aloe-Vera: A Valuable Ingredient SANDEEP KUMAR SAXENA & DEEPIKA BHATNAGAR Dolphin Institute of Biomedical & Natural Sciences, Manduwala, Dehradun (Uttaranchal)
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sandeep-K-Saxena/publication/286354096_Aloe-Vera_A_Valuable_Ingredient/links/5ec7a6b6a6fdcc90d68cb7a7/Aloe-Vera-A-Valuable-Ingredient.pdf (opens in a new window)
Table 3 - Uses of Aloe vera in different ailments, and Table 4 - A-Z of Aloe vera use (includes warts)
Study 2: Plants used to treat skin diseases - Nahida Tabassum and Mariya Hamdani. Pharmacogn Rev. 2014 Jan-Jun; 8(15): 52–60.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3931201/ (opens in a new window)
There are more than a thousand conditions that may affect the skin but most skin diseases can be categorized into nine common types. Rashes, viral infections, bacterial infections, fungal infections, parasitic infections, pigmentation disorders, tumors and cancers, trauma and other conditions. (Warts comes under viral infections)
Many of the previously mentioned skin conditions respond to salicylic acid. Salicylic acid: is available in the form of lotions, gels, soaps, shampoos and patches. It should be used sparingly as putting too much on one's body at once can cause toxicity. Salicylic acid is the active ingredient in many skin care products for the treatment of acne and warts.
My note from this study: Aloe Vera gel contains salicylic acid in doses that are at plant concentration, not man-made concentration, and therefore do not exist in concentrations likely to create a toxic effect in humans.